Well, things are going pretty well for one of the men – but not so hot for the other.
Kevin Jorgeson, a 30-year-old from Santa Rosa, California, and Tommy Caldwell, a 36-year-old from Colorado, started their ascent nearly two weeks ago. They’re trying to become the first to make it up the Dawn Wall – considered to be the most difficult route on the 3,000-foot granite monolith – using only their hands and feet. El Capitan is the biggest slab of granite in the world.
Jorgeson has been stuck for four days on a section of the wall known as Pitch 15 – which is considered to be one the toughest challenges in a free climb that has been called the most difficult ever attempted. On his Facebook page. Jorgeson acknowledged that he’s struggling:
“The razor sharp holds ripped both the tape and the skin right off my fingers,” Jorgeson said. “I’m not giving up. I will rest. I will try again. I will succeed.”
According to his wife Becca’s blog, Caldwell managed to make it past Pitch 15 and is now moving ahead of his partner.